Fond farewell from the editor’s desk | Editor's Note

By Laura Daniali | Jun 30, 2016

Years seem to move at the speed of light when you’re the editor of a community newspaper.

It’s hard for me to believe that I have been the editor of the Edmonds Beacon for a little over two years, and now, my journey here is coming to an end.

Today will be the last day I sit at my desk at Beacon Publishing in Mukilteo.

In what seems a brief moment as editor, I have had the opportunity each week to tell the stories of my community – Edmonds and its people – and feel I am leaving before I’ve been able to share even a small fraction of the community’s stories.

In my time here, I’ve covered all aspects of city happenings, from city government and local events to lost pets.

I’ve met so many people who have touched my heart and inspired my life.

Bruce and Elaine Nickolson, you are an inspiration to the community. I will never forget our conversation (The word “interview” sometimes seems too formal and impersonal when people are so open and honest.) at Cafe Louvre for a story about the Edmonds Car Show – which they helped to start.

It was my privilege to spend an hour with this couple who has been together for over 60 years. Their commitment to each other and the community is phenomenal.

A special “thank you” to Rotarian Carol Kinney who kept me “in the know” on community happenings, and let me travel the world with her over many coffees as she shared stories of her travels.

Dick Van Hollebeke (I spelled it right this time!), you sure make things happen! I’ve had the privilege to speak with you about a variety of topics from the Petanque Club to Edmonds’ first Creative Age Festival.

Your smile and passion for giving your all to the community is infectious.

And to the Edmonds City Council and city staff, thank you for your service. Each has a deep level of commitment to the city and its residents.

I am proud to call Edmonds home, and know that each of you are working to make the city the best it can be – all in your own way, of course.

As I reflect and write my last Editor’s Note, I am taken back to my first months here at The Beacon.

Those first few months are still fresh in my mind, as are some of the interviews and conversations I’ve had with many wonderful people in Edmonds.

I began working at Beacon Publishing in November 2013 as the Classifieds Manager. Beacon Publisher Paul Archipley heard that I had worked for the Edmonds Community College newspaper, The Triton Review, and asked me to bring in a few writing samples.

He sat down with me in a conference room and marked up the samples in a matter of minutes. There was red ink everywhere. It was exciting.

I knew in that moment I was going to learn a lot from him. Compliments are nice, but I am always striving to improve, so the red ink was a welcome sight.

By February 2014, I was covering City Council, and in May 2014, Paul offered me an opportunity that I could not refuse – the position of city editor for the Edmonds Beacon.

It is with a heavy heart that I leave this position for another opportunity.

As of July 1, I will be working for Edmonds Community College as its Communications Consultant.

It is with sadness that I leave The Beacon, but I am excited for this new opportunity.

As a former student of EdCC, I witnessed the college’s commitment to student success firsthand and look forward to giving back to the college through my work.

It has been a privilege to cover the news and happenings in Edmonds. I leave this position with a sense of gratitude for the opportunity and a deepened appreciation for the community I live and work in.

I have viewed my time at The Beacon as a service to the community. It has been my honor to serve the community as editor of its newspaper, and I will bring the same commitment to service with me to EdCC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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